Eminent Pakistani lawyer, activist Asma Jahangir dead

Death of Asma Jahangir is shocking

Asma Jahangir, a moderate face of Pakistan, passes away

(Web Desk) - Following the death of Pakistan s renowned lawyer Asma Jahangir in Lahore on Sunday, condolences poured in as people took to the social networking website Twitter to mourn over the loss of the country s most vocal human rights champion.

"Democracy, human rights and resistance against oppression lost a great soldier- Asma Jehangir".

She was rushed to hospital in Lahore on Saturday night and died the following day, said her daughter Muneeze Jahangir.

"I and many others didn't agree with some of her views".

She remained Supreme Court Bar President from 2010 to 2012.

Jahangir graduated from Kinnaird College and received an LLB from Punjab University.

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In the 1980s, Jahangir became a democracy activist and was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq. Her daughter Muneezay Jehangir is a TV anchor.

She won numerous national and global awards for her struggle for the oppressed.

In 1987, she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and became its Secretary General until 1993 when she was elevated as commission's chairperson. She remained there until 1988 before moving back to Pakistan. She was also placed under house arrest for her active role in the 2007 Lawyers' Movement after President Pervez Musharraf suspended Supreme Court Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

A career filled with firsts and awards included imprisonment and house arrest, and five years ago leaked documents suggested that some intelligence officers had planned to kill her.

Jahangir is also a recipient of the 2010 Freedom Award and 2014 Right Livelihood Award. She was an outspoken critic of the military's interference in civilian rule and a defender of the rule of law.

In 2013, a USA intelligence report claimed that some military officials had planned to kill her during her 2012 India visit.

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